Toronto: Joshua Oppenheimer's 'The Look of Silence' Inks Foreign Distribution Deals

The Look of Silence Film Still - H 2014
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The Look of Silence Film Still - H 2014

Distributors in France, Canada, Australia and Japan buy the companion piece to the 2014 Oscar-nominated 'The Act of Killing'

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Look of Silence has secured additional foreign sales after an earlier U.S. market pickup by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media.

Cinephil has sold the companion piece to Oppenheimer's Oscar-nominated doc The Art of Killing to Wild Bunch for France, Blue Ice Docs for Canada, Australia's Madman Entertainment and Transformer in Japan. The Look of Silence explores the Indonesian genocide and its legacy from the victim's point of view, following one man on his search for the truth as he confronts his brother's killers.

Cinephil indicated added deals are in the works for Poland, Germany, Spain, Benelux, Hong Kong and Latin America. Other earlier deals include Dogwoof buying The Look of Silence for the U.K. and Wonder picking the doc up for Italy. Errol Morris (The Fog of War), Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World) and Andre Singer executive produced the doc, while Signe Byrge Sorensen produced.

The film debuted in Venice, screened in Toronto and is next headed to the New York Film Festival and Korea's Busan Film Festival. Drafthouse and Participant plan a U.S. theatrical release in summer 2015.

The latest deals for the film were negotiated by Cinephil managing director Philippa Kowarsky.